Course Code: CPC10120

Certificate I in Construction


Getting a “foot in” to an apprenticeship can be difficult. Why not set yourself apart from other candidates and show potential employers that you’re committed to a job in the construction industry by completing this pre-apprenticehsip course. This course is perfect for those:

  • Seeking a pathway to an apprenticeship in construction trades such as carpentry, plastering, brick laying, stonemasonry,  joinery and shopfitting, etc.
  • Wanting a job such as a trades assistant
  • Wanting to start a Home Maintenance business

Course Structure

  • Duration can vary depending on the location and cohort. Course structure may include:
    • 1 day per week for 20 weeks – theory and practical at designated training venue
    • 2 days per week for 10 weeks theory and practical training at designated training venue + 4 hours per week self paced study.
    • 3 days per week for 3 weeks practical + 2 week work experience.

Now accepting enrolments for 2022 classes in Townsville, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast

Contact us for dates and venues

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Course outcomes

  • CPC10120 Certificate I in Construction
  • Construction Safety White Card (required to access any construction zone)
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate or Working at Heights certificate (depending on class you are enrolled in)
  • Access to industry employment opportunities
  • Completion of numerous 1st year apprenticeship modules (meaning less time off the job in your 1st year – what employer wouldn’t love that!)

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Call 1300 380 335 if you have any questions about this course.


Course Details

Study Modes

  • Classroom Based Learning – Contact Adapt Education for dates and locations. The course consists of:
    • Theory Component – all resources and assessment tasks can be received online or correspondence (hard copy). Some reading and theory assessment is required to be completed at home in between workshops.
    • Practical Component – Our hands on workshops ensure that you receive expert instruction, guidance and opportunities to practice your building and construction skills in a safe environment. Assessment is conducted during workshops. Where possible, practical tasks are real live jobs just like those you’ll complete in the workforce.
  • Practical Placement – The final phase of the course will see you placed with a local construction employer to gain on the job experience. Treat your placement as a job interview as employers are always looking for new hard working staff. Note: placement is not guaranteed, but is dependent on availability of placements and student performance. Students who are not placed will continue to attend the designated training venue for the final phase.

Government Funding

  • This course is an approved lower level qualification through the Queensland Government’s Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy. View our Government funding page for the eligibility criteria of this funding.
  • This qualification is Centrelink approved, meaning eligible participants may be able to receive Austudy, Abstudy, the Education Supplement, Newstart, Youth Allowance, or the Disability Supplement.
  • The qualification is approved for VET in Schools funding. Click on the Schools tab at the top of this page for more information.

Entry Requirements

  • It is an expectation that you will have access to a computer/tablet/phone and the internet. Please discuss with Adapt if this is an issue as strategies can be put in place to assist.
  • It is expected that students have well developed Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills. Students who do not meet the minimum LLN requirements for this course will be provided a range of options and strategies to assist.
  • For information regarding Adapt Education’s policies and procedures please refer to our student handbook

Partnering Arrangements

For some cohorts Training and assessment for this course are provided by our trusted partner:

  • Tony Beed (HRW Training)

Adapt Education (RTO32452) are responsible for marketing, quality assurance, compliance and issuing your certificate.



Student Contribution Fees

If you are registered with a job active or other employment service provider, the student contribution fee listed below may be paid on your behalf. Please discuss with your provider if this applies to you.

  • $0 for school based students who qualify for VETiS funding
  • $50 ($4.54/unit) for concessional card holders who qualify for the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy
  • $100 ($9.09/unit) for non concessional students who qualify for the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy
  • $2500 for a standard fee paying student.

Note: Discounted rate for groups may be negotiated.

For more information about eligibility criteria for the Certificate 3 Guarantee or other subsidies go to our Government funding page.

Contact us if you are unsure which fee applies to you or for a quote if you have specific requirements or a group booking.

All student resources, equipment, building materials and personal protective equipment is provided, including a “High Vis” shirt. For more information about course inclusions and exclusions go to our fee schedule page.

Fees can be paid off through a payment plan at no additional cost!


How to Enrol

 You can enrol online  or alternatively call 1300 380 335 to enrol over the phone. To find out more about our enrolment process go to the How to Enrol page on this site. Please ensure you have read Adapt Education’s policies and procedures in our student handbook prior to enrolling. If you have any questions at all please Contact us



VET in Schools

We offer flexible training programs designed and taught by teachers specifically for schools targeting a diverse range of students with an interest in the Construction Industry.  We pride ourselves on quality training that aligns with school outcomes and good pedagogy.

Course details:

  • Duration: 20 days – (1 day per week for 2 Terms or to suit school – see delivery options below for more details)
  • Cost: Free for students who have not accessed VETiS funding or ‘Fee for Service’ can be negotiated dependant on enrolment numbers.
  • Where: All training programs are conducted on school grounds during normal school hours. Note: no external work placement is required.
  • Equipment:  All student resources, tools, building materials and student personal protective equipment is provided.
  • Future Pathways: Exclusive partnerships with industry providing work experience which can lead to employment opportunities.

Delivery Options


All enrolment paperwork, training and assessment is conducted by Adapt with no administrative or teaching burdens placed on school staff. The course is generally delivered 1 day per week over 1 semester. other options include: delivery over 12 months, delivery over exam block, etc.


Schools wanting to deliver the qualification to a large fee for service cohort or wanting to run the program on a dedicated line on their timetable may find it more suitable deliver the program through a partnering arrangement. This involves the school delivering Adapt’s quality program and utilising our online system with an approved “in-house” teacher.  Ongoing administrative support and professional development of the nominated trainer is inclusive in this option.

Course outcomes:

  • CPC10120 Certificate I in Construction
  • Construction Safety White Card (required to access any construction zone)
  • depending on elective options – First Aid Certificate or Working at heights certificate may be included
  • 3 QCE points
  • Access to industry employment opportunities

Contact us today to discuss this opportunity.

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Units (11 units required)

Unit Name

CPCCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industryCore
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industryCore
CPCCCM2004Handle construction materialCore
CPCCCM2005Use construction tools and equipmentCore
CPCCCM1011Undertake basic estimation and costingCore
CPCCOM1012Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industryCore
CPCCOM1013Plan and organise workCore
CPCCVE1011Undertake a basic construction projectCore
CPCCOM1014Conduct workplace communicationCore
CPCCOM1015Carry out measurements and calculationsCore





Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation


Work safely at heights


Read and interpret plans and specifications